Definition of understudy verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

understudy

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈʌndərˌstʌdi//
 
understudy somebody/somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they understudy
 
he / she / it understudies
 
past simple understudied
 
-ing form understudying
 
 
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to learn a part in a play as an understudy; to act as an understudy to someone She once understudied Marilyn Monroe.
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